Penguin Passion

Sometimes I look at articles in newspapers and say to myself, “How can they be so cruel?”
The Guardian’s G2 today has a small piece on African penguins in Toronto Zoo. The two in question, Pedro and Buddy, were bought in by the zoo in order to help the decreasing numbers worldwide. But instead of interacting with the females or trying to mate with them, the males have only eyes for each other.
The headline questions whether it is homophobic to split these two up. I find this absolutely hilarious. It has gotten to the point where we are now linking homophobia to animals. They are birds. Although, I do find it sad that they want to split up such a friendship. How would the owner of the zoo like it if his best friend was erased from his life forever?
However, they do have a point when it comes to the declining numbers of African penguins. There are currently only 60,000 left in the wild. But surely there are thousands of others that could carry on the race? Gawker even commented saying: “They probably wouldn’t have sex with a women if they were the last penguins on earth anyway.” Either that or they eventually get bored, mature and find partner. A bit like a teenage boy.
And that is what these two remind me of: two best friends having a laugh together while they are young. That sounds silly when you apply it to the likes of penguins, but it’s a nice image to have. So why not keep these two together? There is nothing wrong with a little bit of a ‘bromance.’

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4 Responses

  1. Yeah, they’re buddies! 🙂 there’s nothing wrong with that. It reminds me of an episode of Parks & Recreation (a fantastic American show) where the lady created a public event in the boring town – penguin marriage, but it turned both of them were males…..Public reaction was harsh (lol). Anyway, Americans still seem quite intolerant to homosexuality. It’s a religious view, I suppose.
    Nice piece – enjoyed reading it!

  2. I really enjoyed this and it’s hilarious 🙂 I can sort of see what the zoo is getting at however. We have to look at the bigger picture and the wider issue of African penguins becoming endangered, the zoo is only trying to help the issue by moving them on, as sad as it can be to hear.

  3. It’s true:( It was just one of these stories that made you think and wish they could stay together 😦

  4. I agree, they are only two little penguins, yes the species is endangered but I’m sure there are more than enough other straight male penguins who would jump at the chance of having multiple girlfriends to compensate haha

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